In an effort to minimize disrupted travel plans and assist voyagers currently booked on suspended or terminated Cruise West sailings, Orion Expedition Cruises announced that the company will assist by offering reduced-price expedition voyages as an alternative.

In a spirit of cooperation and goodwill, Orion is working with its industry partners to provide an alternate expedition travel solution by offering savings from 20–50 percent on a wide range of 2010 and 2011 Orion Expedition voyages.

“As the founder and managing director of a small-ship expedition cruise line, I completely understand how difficult these times are for Cruise West passengers, the travel industry and all associated with Cruise West during their current challenges,” said Sarina Bratton, founder and managing director of Orion Expedition Cruises. “There will be a significant amount of stress for passengers whose travel plans have been disrupted, which can have an effect across the whole small-ship expedition sector. Therefore, if Orion can provide a viable alternative in lieu of their original voyage, at the very least, passengers will see that the industry hasn’t deserted them.”

Passengers who provide Cruise West documentation can take advantage of the following reduced rates:

•  50% reduction on any Orion sailing between now and March 7, 2011 (not including Antarctica)
•  25% reduction on Papua New Guinea 2010 and 2011 sailings
•  25% reduction on Antarctica sailings December 2010/January 2011
•  20% reduction on Kimberley sailings 2011
•  20% reduction on any Orion II destination in 2011

All transfer bookings must be made by October 31, 2010. Reduced fares are not combinable with any other offer. Travelers who wish to discuss their plans can contact their travel advisor or contact Orion Expeditions at 1.877.674.6687 for further information.

Additionally, Orion Expedition Cruises will provide travel agents with a US$500 bonus commission for any Cruise West transferred booking.